Weekly Wishes 14th July 2014

It was a bit of a rough week for G this week. It all kicked off with a tummy bug at the start of the week, his first illness. Not exactly one for the “baby’s firsts”‘calendar, poor little thing. And then because that wasn’t enough fun, Wednesday was his 8 week check and jabs. So as the bug started to wear off he then got hit with that.
So anyway that’s my excuse for not getting everything done, although I think I made more of a dent in the list than I thought I would by midweek.

Plan future blog posts – I’ve written down a few ideas, and keep a list handy to add to when I think of more

Start a planner – well I did and I didn’t. I found an old Filofax that I wanted to use, I thought it would be easy to change the dates and recycle the old diary inside, to save buying a new refill. Turns out it just makes it look messy, and sharpies bleed through the pages. So I’m using it temporarily, until I get a new refill and some coloured pencils to brighten it up.

Write blog posts – yes! I want to get more written up in advance, incase of busy times, but I have written and posted this week, and I’m happy with that.

Take G’s two month photos – they’ll be done this week, probably Wednesday, as he wasn’t really well enough this weekend, and the lighting today has been dreadful.

Fill out tax and dvla forms – they are filled in! Need to post them though…..

Swap winter and summer wardrobe – major fail, I didn’t even start it. Really need to get it done this week, there are too many clothes cluttering up our bedroom and spare room!

Start writing packing lists for our holidays – I’ve started! Mainly on our camping trip list, now to get that one and our Staycation list finished.

Take G for 8 week jabs – done. He took them really well, the aftermath was not so fun.

Book hair colour and cut – it was urgent. It’s still urgent.

Book dentist – the pain was not good, one wisdom tooth removed and I’m all good! Yay!

Send thank you letters – nope. I’ll add it to this weeks list.

Get phone upgraded – no, currently not very happy with my service provider so I’m looking at maybe changing rather than upgrading. Something I need to look into.

So all in all I don’t think I did too bad, considering I set a pretty big list and there were some unexpected distractions.

This weeks wishes:

Swap the summer and winter wardrobes – Clothes are taking over the house, this needs to be done!

Get two month photos taken

Book hair appointment – still urgent!

Send thank you letters

Order Filofax refill

Finish holiday packing lists – look at dates to go camping too

Go for more walks – I’ve started watching what I eat a little more, now I’m going to add some more exercise to the days too

Hope you have a great week!

Mrs H xxx

The Nectar Collective


Roasted Red Pepper and Sweetcorn Frittata

This was ridiculously easy, and you can change the ingredients to fit with whatever you have in the kitchen or to use up leftovers. As long as you’ve got eggs you’ve got frittata!
The following recipe is what I made for lunch today, it was yummy! But like I said change the ingredients to your own tastes.

1 roasted red pepper (I used one from a jar)
1 cup frozen sweetcorn
1 large potato
3 eggs

First I “baked” the potato in the microwave, it’s cheating but I just needed it cooked through.

Dice the cooked potato into small cubes.

In a medium sized, deep frying pan, fry the potato cubes until starting to turn golden and crispy. For added flavour I used garlic oil.

Season potatoes with salt, pepper, and a large pinch of smoked paprika

Chop the pepper into similar sized pieces as the potato.

Add the pepper and sweetcorn to the pan and cook for a minute or two, until the sweetcorn starts to defrost.

Beat the eggs well, and pour directly into the pan, try to cover all the ingredients and gently pat down any that are not sitting in the egg.

Cook for a few minutes on a medium heat, until the edges on the top start to set.

Put the pan under a medium hot grill until all of the egg has set and cooked through.

Sprinkle as much diced mozzarella as you like on the top and return to the grill until melted and bubbling.

Enjoy! This is good hot, served with a cool, fresh salad or left to cool it’s great picnic food or as an alternative packed lunch to the same old soggy sandwiches.

Cheer up your lunch breaks with a tasty frittata!

Mrs H xxx20140707-231530-83730108.jpg


Meatless Monday


We noticed we were eating a lot of meat, and not a lot of fruit and veg. Every meal was based around the meat, and vegetable side dishes were left out frequently. So we’re joining in with meatless Monday’s and beyond! We’re trying to be meat free for Monday and at least one other day in the week, and also upping the importance of veg with our meals. And our snacks are becoming more fruit based, fresh or made into something tasty.

So every Monday I’ll be sharing the menu for the day, and include recipes too.

Are you thinking about joining in, or are you a veteran of Meatless Monday?

Mrs H xxx

Weekly Wishes 7th July 2014


I know I’ve been missing (again!) I was never the most regular poster before, and then I went and had a baby. Definite lack of commitment for the blog! But I want to be better, so as a start I’m joining in with the weekly wishes link ups, and hopefully this will help me be more pro active with this blog and in life! So here are my Weekly Wishes for this coming week, it’s a big list, so maybe a little high on expectations, but I feel like I need to aim big! Let’s see what I can get done! Let me know what your plans and wishes are for this week and we can encourage each other!


  • Plan future blog post ideas
  • Start a planner, include blog posts, personal appointments, menu plans etc
  • Write blog posts!
  • Take G’s 2 month photos – buy tissues for my crying
  • Fill out tax and dvla forms
  • Swap winter and summer wardrobes and put case back in the attic
  • Start writing packing lists for our holidays
  • Take G for 8 week jabs – more tissues for me
  • Book hair colour and cut – urgent!
  • Book dentist – more urgent!! Pain is not good!
  • Send thank you letters
  • Get phone upgraded


Yup it’s huge! But most are trivial little things or the start of things, I need a good kick up the backside!

Wish me luck!

Mrs H xxx


 The Nectar Collective



What’s In a Name?

Most pregnant women I know have a nickname for their bump/baby. And they’re generally self explanatory. “Bump”, “Bean”, “Peanut” etc.
We also have a nickname for our little man, although it’s not quite so usual, and has sparked a lot of conversation amongst most of the family, and I’m sure there’s more out there wondering, who haven’t asked yet (and possibly wondering about our sanity!). So let’s take five to explain Baby Herniman’s nickname….Stormageddon, aka Stormy.

Fellow Whovians out there need no explanations, and those who know our Doctor Who obsession are simply rolling their eyes at us…we don’t mind, we’re used to it now!

During the Matt Smith era there was an episode where he went to visit his friend Craig Owens, played by James Corden, who has recently had a baby. During the Doctor’s “conversation” with baby Alfie (because of course the Doctor speaks baby!) he says that he likes the name Alfie, but prefers to be called “Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All”.

And quite simply, that’s it! There’s a baby in Doctor Who, and we’ve nicked his nickname!

The funny thing is, everyone is quite liking Storm as a name! Perfectly “normal” top 10 names have been suggested, and rejected by other members of the family, but Storm has been accepted! I don’t think we’re quite brave enough to use something so “out there” as Storm, although it may not be a top 10 name, but I think “Stormy” is definitely a nickname that will stick.

Mrs H xxx